Friday, July 17, 2015

Renovation: Places to Shop for Electrical Appliances

Image from Atlantic Supplies & Trading Pte Ltd
Shopping for electrical appliances for your new house can blow a pretty big hole in your wallet. Which is why it pays to do some price comparison to save some money.

The major stores like Courts, Best Denki and Harvey Norman are the best places to shop and test your electrical appliances. These major stores often have many brands and models on display and you are often able to test and compare so you can make some informed choices. But they may not be the best place to buy, if you have the cash.

You see, these major players often have high cost and overheads to pay, hence very often, you may not get the lowest price. But they do appeal to two kind of buyers: a) buyers who wish to pay with credit card, or pay via installment plans, b) buyers who wish to buy extended warranties.

There is an exception though, and it is call television. TV is one segment that is so competitive that you should not write off the major players as they could sometimes throw in certain freebies like extended warranty or special brand tie-ups like LG with Harvey Norman that suddenly makes their offer very appealing.

The next tier are the big stores like Gain City, Mega Discount Store and Audio House. They have a big flagship store and even several smaller stores but their range and offerings would not be as extensive as the major stores. They may have older or discounted models which they sell at bargain prices too. Sometimes they may have an exclusive model only available at their store. Mega Discount Store is an example. They carry the Samsung JS8000K Series 8 TV which is only exclusive to their stores. And it is for this reason I bought this TV from them (after some bargaining with Mr. Tony Maung).

If you are willing to save even more and pay for the appliances in cash, then the neighbourhood stores like Parisilk, Maximum Credit, Ban Kim Chuan, Goh Ah Bee and Kong Tai. Each has certain appliances that cost less than others. The name of the game is to get as much from a store as possible and try to bargain for even more discount.

How I did my shopping was to go window shopping at the mega stores, narrow down the different model numbers of the appliances I am keen in, then with that, ask the pricing from the neighbourhood stores. From the list of prices I got, Andy Koh from Parisilk Eastgate and James Koh from Maximum Credit both gave very competitive prices. In the end, I bought most of my appliances from Andy. I highly recommend him as I find him very friendly and responsive and very service-oriented. Drop me a pm or email if you wish to have his direct contact.

Just a side note about TV buying. You can get some good bargains with display sets. And the best display sets are those that are used during those four days event or expo. You get a four days old TV at display set price and they come to your house fully run-in.

Whoever you decided to buy your appliances from, always try to bargain. You would be surprise that you could bargain with even the major stores for a lower price.

Happy shopping!

Parisilk East Gate contact: 63449937
Maximum Credit contact: 62763331
Ban Kim Chuan contact: 64435298
Goh Ah Bee contact: 62888611
Kong Tai contact: 65658924

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